Protesters barricading the R24 in Vereeniging on Monday. Photo: Ditiro Selepe
JOHANNESBURG - A video has emerged from Monday&39;s BlackMonday protest by farmers showing a group of protesters singing the old South African national anthem ‘Die Stem’.
The old version of the anthem is only sung in Afrikaans.
The new national anthem only includes parts of ‘Die Stem’ while the rest of the anthem is in isiZulu, Sesotho and English.
The footage has upset many, especially black South Africans because it is reminiscent of the hurt from Apartheid.
AfriForum distanced itself from those carrying the apartheid flag while others have come in defence, saying that it was their heritage and that they felt protected under the apartheid flag.
Yesterday was a curtain raiser for conversations that were long overdue— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) October 31, 2017
convos must continue
First by denouncing?? pic.twitter.com/8b0sy4zot2
We can’t sing our struggle songs like kill the boer, kill the farmer. They sing die stem and proudly parade old SA flags. BlackMonday— Azania Afrika (@SAYoungLion) October 31, 2017
The group staged marches and demonstrations around Gauteng and barricaded the R59 in Vereeniging and the N1 in Pretoria.
The controversy surrounding their peaceful march was that there were banners with derogatory and apartheid regalia carried by the protesters.
Political parties have condemned the use of the old flag in protests.
Maybe people will now understand why @EFFSouthAfrica refuses to sing die stem, it gives these racists some sense of superiority.— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) October 31, 2017
We strongly condemn the racism on display at the BlackMonday protest with the brandishing of the apartheid flag. This is unacceptable.— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) October 30, 2017